No, seriously, they did. Allegedly.
According to a report from the Roanoke Times, Virginia Tech football players Joshua Trimble and Brian Rody were arrested Sunday night after what the paper describes as a small explosive device was detonated (pictured). At this time, it’s unclear if the denotation was meant as a tribute to or impersonation of the Hokies’ six-loss season.
Whatever the case, the two budding CIA operatives were charged with manufacturing and detonating an explosive device. The charges are no joking matter, though, as they’re felonies.
Tech subsequently confirmed that, per school policy as it relates to a felony charge, the players are automatically hit with an indefinite suspension. The Washington Post points out that Bonnie and Clod are no longer listed on the football team’s roster, either.
An attorney for the player told the Associated Press that “they were playing a prank on a friend and meant no harm.” That prank, the Post reports, involved “[putting] aluminum foil and toilet bowl cleaner into a soda bottle and [leaving] it outside someone else’s apartment.”
“It goes ‘Boom,’ blows up and made a loud noise,” the lawyer, Jimmy Turk, told the paper in reference to the incident, not the Hokies’ 2012 season. “They went back to their apartment and were laughing about it. They certainly did not have any idea that it would be anything at all that would constitute a felony charge being brought.”
Both of the players involved in the incident are walk-ons. Trimble, a linebacker, played in 11 games this season, mainly on special teams, while Rody, a quarterback, did not see the field after redshirting as a true freshman last season.